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September 9, 2013

Sept. 9, 2013: Letters to the editor

Christians needn’t government help

Down in Evansville, there was a plan to put up large Christian crosses on public sidewalks as “art.” I put “art” in parentheses for a reason: This supposed art is not for the sake of beauty, but for the sake of spreading the Christian religion through the use of the government.

This plan was blocked by a judge, who understands government has no business in promoting anyone’s religion. These 30 crosses, 6 feet in height, were then displayed on private property, which is, of course, perfectly fine.

Some would say crosses on public property is no big deal. Would they be fine with Islamic crescents approved by a city, be it Evansville, Kokomo or any other town? Probably not.

Churches are everywhere in America; they don’t need government help. Local businesses volunteered their properties for these crosses, once again, no need for help by the government.

Just because a group of people think they have the true religion, it does not make it so. The government cannot and should not play favorites.

Jerome McCollom

Kokomo

Juwi’s true colors shining through

The verbal exchange between juwi’s attorney with BZA President Jerry Acres at the Aug. 28 public hearing, relating to the Prairie Breeze Wind Farm property value guarantee, was eerily reminiscent of a conversation I had a couple weeks earlier with my 3-year-old son. Knowing better but feeling a bit ornery, my son insisted that the color blue was actually red and was adamant that I believe him. At the BZA hearing, juwi’s attorney made an appeal to Mr. Acres that was as absurd as my son’s. Yet, while such nonsensical persistence is cute when coming from an innocent 3-year-old, it lacks an endearing quality when coming from adults with ulterior motives.

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